What are Valentina Shevchenko’s Tattoos and What Do They Mean?

Published 04/24/2021, 11:59 AM EDT
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 08: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan celebrates her KO victory over Jessica Eye in their women’s flyweight championship bout during the UFC 238 event at the United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko returns to action this weekend at UFC 261 as she defends her throne against former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade. Shevchenko is considered one of the greatest female fighters of all time to grace the Octagon. She has established her dominance on the 125 lbs division over the years.

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However, she has many other hobbies apart from fighting. One of them is shooting. ‘Bullet’ is a gun lover and even has a tattoo on her body of a gun. She has painted it in her waist area and it only adds to her tough persona.

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The tattoo on her abdominal area is of her favorite firearm, a Glock 19. In an interview ahead of UFC 238, Shevchenko explained the meaning of it. “I’ve been involved in shooting sports a lot. It’s one of my biggest passions. Now I feel it has the same part of my life as martial arts,” said ‘Bullet’.

I very love to shoot with Glock. It’s very good gun because it can shoot everywhere. It’s very easy to carry. It can survive in different condition of weather or whatever, and that’s why I have tattoo on my body of a Glock 19,” she added.

So, that tattoo is of her favorite weapon, it’s as simple as that. In another interview, she said, “It is universal, just like an MMA fighter. That is why I got a tattoo on my lower abdomen several years ago. So, now I can always keep it near me.

The Kyrgyz fighter has another tattoo of a snow leopard which probably signifies her link to Muay Thai as suggested by her Twitter post dated back to 2018.

Valentina Shevchenko loves to shoot

Bullet‘ is a huge fan of guns. She has a shooting coach and practices the skill in her free time. Videos of her using weapons in practice are available on the internet.

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She faces Jessica Andrade this weekend. Many believe Andrade might possess a unique skill set to trouble Shevchenko. Especially, the former strawweight champion’s power is very well respected among her opponents. If she can give Shevchenko any trouble, remains to be seen.

What did you make of Valentina Shevchenko’s tattoos? Can she retain her title this weekend at UFC 261? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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